WoW!!! You guys were not kidding... the pins and needles and that shocking sensation in my ankle when I first stepped down, was intense! Thanks for the heads up!!!!
The walking boot is so much higher than my sneaker so it almost makes me walk with a limp.
It does feel really awesome thought to be free from the cast. Very liberating. I was so excited when I walked up the stairs. I'm walking with the crutches. I definitely do not feel confident yet to walk without them.
Hope the electric shocks end soon.
Congrats on a little more freedom! Just don't try to do too much too soon I had lots and lots of tingling, pins, needles etc when I started bearing weight on my foot. My foot also started to spasm at night and "jump", waking me up in my sleep. I know Hollywood said something about taking meds to help that settle down - but I don't remember what it was now
Joyful... I can see my ankle jumping. Now the nerves at free to go back to normal. how long did it take you for the pins and needles to stop? I know I can't do too much too soon. Now that I am at this point in recovery and feeling a bit better, I want to get back to normal but my doctor looked at me and smiled. He said, "remember, you had holes drilled in your bone.!" ouch
It's nice to have the cast off but I felt "protected" in sorts by having the cast on at night when I slept. It will be interesting tonight...
Thanks for the tip Janewhite. just from the short while walking on it today, I felt my back aching. I was thinking about finding a lift to put in my sneaker to see if that helps.
I think it took me a few days to a week for the pins/needles to stop. I had more trouble with the ankle/foot jumping at night and waking me up from a dead sleep because it hurt so much. Hollywood probably remembers more than me - we had surgery on the same day
I had holes drilled in my foot as well....not fun.
As far as sleeping, do you have a boot since you are out of the cast? I was never in a cast, just the boot for about 8 - 12 weeks, so I slept in the boot for quite some time because I also felt protected by the boot. I'm still in a lace up boot when I leave the house, but am not wearing it at night or while I'm in the house.
Yes, I have a boot but it's huge and very heavy. It goes up to my knee and it's bulky. The doctor said to only use it when I am walking on it and I can take it off when sleeping and showering...... I think you boot may be smaller?
Nope, it's the same boot.... I guess the difference is that I didn't have the cast - I just used the boot after the surgery until I was switched to the lace up boot. It is heavy and bulky though. If doctor said not to worry about wearing it - then go for it. The doctor put me in that boot about a month before the surgery, so I lived in that boot from the end of December until the end of March. I felt so much lighter after I got out of that thing! It was actually rubbing on the incision and caused some kind of "growth" on the top of the scab - that's the only reason he switched me over to the lace up boot......
Oh yes, unfortunately, Hollywood does remember the pins/needles and the jumping my foot would do. Oh my is it painful! I took a muscle relaxer to help that settle down. Worked very well! As far as sleeping at night and the boot..this is one of the reasons I elected to stay in a cast for the entire 6 weeks instead of go into a boot at 3 weeks. He said I could take it off to sleep, but at 3 weeks there was no way I was comfortable sleeping without anything. So I stayed in the cast because I was comfortable in it. When I finally did get my cast off, I slept in a lace up brace which is what JOYFUL was talking about. It is very slim and small and fits in your tennis shoe, but worked well for sleeping at night! Yes I do have an advantage being an RN, but unfortunately most of my specific knowledge of this injury and surgery is from having gone through it twice now!! Oh and I guess I had that I'm gonna go conquer the world look on my face the day I got my cast off because my doctor said "yeah you aren't going to the able to walk today or tomorrow! Remember I broke your bone!" LOL! Um, he was RIGHT!! Congrats on getting your cast off! Woohoo!!! Take it easy still!
That's the only thing I've heard of unless you want to buy some stuff called Merderma, but I've never used that myself. I've used the vitamin E and have massaged the scar alot too to try to get it to settle down. Not sure if that's any help....
I'm okay. I twisted my ankle last night trying to get up - without the brace on, so it's been uncomfortable today, but it's finally feeling better. Have to go back to Dominos next Wednesday - I'm very nervous, but my manager is working with me, thankfully. How are you?
Remind me how far out your are from surgery? You will need to clear it with your doctor but a lot of people use Vit E, or shea butter or I forget the name of it..mederma maybe? I personally have never used any of them because my scar healed so well the first time and it's behind my ankle and curves with it somhard to see, but it healed very thin and white and so,far this 2nd incision which is the same as the first but extended about 1/2" is doing the same thing. If you are scarring or it's hard or knotty or keyloidy, then ask your doctor what he prefers you rub on it if anything. My PT rubbed mine with massage cream just to prevent scar tissue there.
Hi Hollywood. This wednesday will be 5 weeks ago that I had surgery. my doctor told me that vit e would work. Just though maybe you ladies had some other things you used. I'm glad to hear that your scar healed so well. Mine is looking good too. going to keep it out of the sun also...I know that makes it worse.
I took a few steps last night and was able to walk today with out the crutches! It's hard but such progress. I was so thankful to God for this because it means there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Joyful, I'm sorry to hear that you twisted your ankle again. no fun at all!! Hope it feels better today.